Crew, QMED Donate for Haiti Relief

July 2010

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Recovery operations in Haiti no longer make for everyday headlines in the U.S., but those humanitarian efforts remain in the thoughts of SIU members, as recently demonstrated by a number of Seafarers.

In late May, SIU members aboard the USNS Paul Buck chose to donate their portion of the ship’s fund to Haiti relief. The $300 donation comes on the heels of earlier maritime labor efforts which saw $82,000 given by Maritime Trades Department-affiliated unions (including the SIU) to the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Earthquake Relief for Haitian Workers’ Campaign.

Operated by Ocean Shipholdings Inc. for the U.S. Military Sealift Command, the Buck recently delivered vital cargo to McMurdo Station in Antarctica as part of the annual Operation Deep Freeze mission.

Additionally, QMED Esmeil Aborady donated his overtime pay (earned while sailing aboard the USNS Fred Stockham) to Haiti relief efforts. Ship operator Keystone matched the contribution.

Crew, QMED Donate for Haiti Relief  Seafarers are pictured aboard the USNS Paul Buck in late May in Charleston, S.C.

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